Root Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 23.0.A.2.93 Firmware [Locked Bootloader]

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact came out a few months back at IFA, 2014. Xperia Z3 Compact is a perfect combination of specifications and size. It’s a pretty cool smartphone. There’s a 4.7 inch screen on the front having a 2 MP cam atop of it, a 20.7 MP shooter is fixed at the back. Under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz accompanied by Adreno 330 GPU. A RAM of 2 GB is placed inside while the internal storage is 16 GB. There’s an external SD Card slot as well on this device and a 2600 mAh battery is fixed inside. These specifications are pretty much surprising when it comes to the size of this device.

Sony sure did a great job with the Xperia Z3 Compact. Now that the device is out, developers have already got their hands on it and there’s enough stuff to play around. To pave a way for unleashing the true power of your Xperia Z3 Compact, you need root access and most of the methods available will require you to unlock the bootloader of your Z3 Compact. While most of the users won’t like to touch the bootloader of their all new Xperia Z3C, a method has landed in that doesn’t require the users to unlock the bootloader of their Xperia Z3 Compact. Although the method does allow the users to have root access without any hardships, but it does have its limitation as well. The root exploit only works with Xperia Z3 Compact D5803, and that too having a firmware based on the kernel version before October, 2014. The compatible OS is Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the build number 23.0.A.2.93, it won’t work any other build number that came after .93.


The exploit which roots the device on compatible firmware is packed up in a tool named as giefroot and is the hardwork of XDA senior member zxz0O0Wondering how you can use this tool to root your device? Well, that’s what are here for. We are going to root our beloved Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 running Android 4.4.4 KitKat 23.0.A.2.93 firmware with a locked bootloader. Let’s learn it now.

Here are some early preparations:

  1. This guide is intended for Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 users with the firmware build 23.0.A.2.93 or a firmware older then October, 2014. You can check your device model number and software details in settings > about phone.
  2. You must have Android ADB & Fastboot drivers installed on your PC. Follow our guide to install Minimal ADB & Fastboot drivers in 2 minutes.
  3. Enable USB debugging on your device. To do so, you need to enable Developer Options first. Go to settings > about device > tap build number for 7 times and you will get the Developer Options in settings now. Now open developer options and enable USB debugging.
  4. Also, enable Allow Mockup Locations under Developer Options on your Xperia Z3 Compact.
  5. Use OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and phone.
  6. Disconnect unnecessary USB devices to avoid connection conflict.
  7. Disable your firewall or any antivirus software if you’re using one.
  8. Follow the instructions to the letter and go ahead.

How To Root Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 [Locked Bootloader]

  1. Download the latest version of giefroot root tool. Get it here or here.
  2. Extract the downloaded root tool folder.
  3. Enable flight mode/airplane mode on your Xperia Z3 Compact.
  4. Now connect your device to your PC. Make sure that USB debugging and allow mockup location are enabled.
  5. Once attached, run the install.bat file from the extracted folder.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions now and finish the process, once done, disconnect your device.
  7. Phewww! you’re done, find SuperSu in app drawer and enjoy root access.

Don’t forget to backup your DRM keys now, and also check out our 10 best applications for rooted smartphones.

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